Small Table Refinish

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Blog entry by SirFatty posted 07-04-2013 12:06 PM 1189 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We received this small table as a gift, it’s pine and in good shape except for the finish. It appears to have had a spray-on stain/poly combo that just did not hold up to use. Luckily, that type of finish is relatively easy to remove with some 150 grit sandpaper and elbow grease. The only issue is that the sandpaper filled up quickly, and I could not clear the build-up easily. I was using the MasterForce brand 120 grit from Menards. So I tried the 5” hook and loop sanding discs from Harbor Freight, the savings were not spectacular (about 50 cents), but they seemed to last longer. Further testing required. Also, the sheet sandpaper is a great deal, and works really well.

Once all surfaces had been sanded and all dust removed, I applied two coats of Zar’s Varnish (I just bought it last summer, but it’s not even listed on the manufacturer’s website).

I like to look of varnish, and in the sun it almost has a three dimensional look to it.

Thanks for looking!


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#1 posted 07-04-2013 12:23 PM

Sometimes refinishing can be just as fun as building them. Looks good!

-- ~ Bob ~ Newton, N.H.

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#2 posted 07-04-2013 02:14 PM

Thanks Bob, but finishing is my least favorite activity!

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Joe Lyddon

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#3 posted 07-04-2013 06:44 PM

Nice lil table…

Great job on refinishing it… Looks very nice!

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#4 posted 07-05-2013 12:13 AM

thanks joe!

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